Vinoteca expands into City with biggest venue yet

Drinks: Drinks, Wines

Restaurant/wine bar group Vinoteca is to open an ambitious new venue in the heart of the City – a move described as a ‘no-brainer’ by the group’s head, Charlie Young.

The new venue will be located in the Bloomberg Arcade, an undercover pedestrianised area linking the two nine-storey buildings that form Bloomberg’s high-profile new offices. Situated between the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral on Queen Victoria Street, the Arcade will be home to 10 restaurants.

At 3,500 square feet (including outside space), it is a similar size to Vinoteca’s venue at King’s Cross, though a mezzanine level, for use either as an overflow or private space, increases the overall usable area to 4,500 square feet.

The venue will follow the tried-and-tested Vinoteca formula of seasonal food, plus lots of competitively-priced wine by the bottle, glass, keg and box.

But the venue will also have an extra ‘Wine Ledger’ of about 40 hard-to-find, unusual (often older) wines bought in small quantities and not necessarily renewed when they sell out. Young cites the likes of AA Badenhorst Family Red 2007, Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir 2009 and Allegrini’s La Poja 2008 as examples of Ledger wines.

‘In general, it’s not a great time to be opening in London as rents keep rising and Brexit has led to uncertainty in the market,’ said Young. ‘But when sites such as this come up, with an open-minded and thoughtful landlord such as Bloomberg, it becomes a no-brainer.’

The group took possession of the venue in June this year and expect to have it fitted out by mid-autumn.

About Author

Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

Leave A Reply